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P17. Blaming the Victim


17. Blaming the Victim: is the practice of holding the client responsible for everything that goes wrong with the project, particularly if it ultimately fails. Poor requirements, lack of client staff cooperation, lack of client management involvement, slow client turnaround of review documents are common refrains (among others) in the blame game. The consultant exonerates himself of liability, leaving the client without recourse. The end result: protect billable hours for the consultant.

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